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Town of Boston prepares for Memorial Day

The end of the Town of Boston’s board meeting on Wednesday, May 15, steered toward the preparations for the end of the month’s activities in commemoration of Memorial Day. During his report, Supervisor Martin Ballowe invited everyone present to join the rest of the town for Boston’s annual Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 27. “The day starts with a parade at 1 p.m.,” said Ballowe. “The parade will be from Faith United Church and proceed to the town hall.” The parade will be followed by the main program at 1:15 p.m. behind the town hall at the CPL David Finger Memorial Flag Pole.

Senator Patrick Gallivan will be the guest speaker, as announced by the supervisor, while the Boston Town Band will perform the festivity’s music. The main program will be followed by the “placing of the reed ceremony” at 2 p.m. at the Boston Commons. “Please bring some lawn chairs and some blankets and so forth to sit,” said Ballowe.

In other board matters:

• The board held a public hearing regarding Local Law No. 1 for 2013, which “entitled a local law to rezone 7849 Boston State Road, which contains approximately 1.58 acres +/- of land [SBL NO. 226.02-6-2.1] from C-1 (local retail business district) to C-2 (general commercial district).” There was no public comment, and the law was passed unanimously.

• Ballowe announced a coffee hour with Congressman Chris Collins at the town hall. “We’re honored to announce that on Saturday, May 25 from 10 to 11 am, we will be hosting a coffee hour with Congressman Chris Collins. The coffee hour will be held in the community room here at the town hall. We will be able to share, meet, discuss topics with the congressman that are important to our town and our citizens in an informal atmosphere, so please mark your calendar. It’s a great opportunity for the town of Boston to be heard, which we don’t often get congressman to come into our town, so it’s nice when you get somebody here to discuss our drainage situations, our road situations and where our tax dollars are spent. So this is a good plus for our town that we actually get the personally chew his ear through one-on-one instead of a representative for him.”

• The board approved Tuesday, June 18 at 10 am as the bid opening for “selective clearing of 18-mile creek,” said Councilman Larry Murtha.”

• Councilman Jay Boardway reported that the town is “well on (its) way” toward having its Summer Concert Series paid entirely by sponsorship, as is usually the case. “As of right now we’ve already received $2,150 in donations. All of our town businesses are just tremendous. They step up every time we ask. They realize it’s a community event.”

• Murtha reported that the Boston Historical Society is open every second and fourth Sunday of the month.

• The town is accepting donations for the annual July 4 celebration. Donations can be made right up to Thursday, July 4.

• “We’ve been working just diligently on our projects, which consume a lot of our time,” said Ballowe, “but it’s well worth it. The buildings and everything look fantastic.”

• The board approved 19 hires or the summer recreation program, including two site supervisors (Melissa Abbotoy and Taylor Janak), 12 counselors (Max Accordino, David Diefenbach, Courtney Gorrell, Elizabeth Janak, David Kleis, Brianne Peterson, Katelin Selby, Neil Byrne, Kaelyn Gamel, Nicholas Janak, Andrew Laskowski and Sarah Telaak) and five substitute counselors (Katelin Kleis, Julie McCann, Courtney Miller, Kelly Telaak and Mary Tomani. Boardway credited Recreation Director Tony Zeniuk with a “fantastic job” in preparing for this summer’s program.

The next board meeting for the town of Boston is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. That meeting will be held in the usual location, which is the Boston Town Hall, located at 8500 Boston State Road.


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